Treatments for excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Botulinum Toxin type A (often referred to as Botox TM) is a liquefied protein that is injected in tiny amounts to relax the sweat glands. The relaxation of the sweat glands helps reduce or prevent excessive sweating.
There are 3 Botulinum type A licensed in the UK but only Botox TM has a license to treat excessive sweating. Botox TM is a prescription only medicine and for cosmetic purposes can only be administer after a face-to-face consultation has taken place by a registered prescriber.
Helen is a fully qualified Independent Nurse Prescriber (INP) and can assess, diagnose, prescribe and treat once the prescription has been dispensed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it guaranteed to stop me sweating?
Whilst most people get an excellent result a small number of patients require more Botox TM at review. A very small number of people don't get the results they are looking for.
How quickly will it work?
Typically you would start to see a reduction in your sweating within 3-5 days. As full results take time to develop and not everyone gets the same results we do always expect you to return for a follow up assessment. This is to ensure you get the best results. Your review will take place no earlier than 2 weeks and no later than 4 weeks post treatment.
How long will results last?
Effects for excessive sweating can last around in excess of 6 months with some patients only requiring one treatment a year.
Is the treatment painful?
Typically no. At worst you may experience a brief stinging sensation.
How long does the treatment take and what is involved?
The treatment takes about 30 minutes. You will have been asked not to wear deodorant for at least 24 hours prior to treatment. When you arrive in clinic your skin will be cleaned,dried and iodine applied to your arm pits. This is left to dry. As you sweat the iodine becomes wet again, a starch based powder is lightly applied, this reacts with the wet iodine to turn it black allowing us to clearly see which sweat glands are over working. This area is then marked out with a grid and a tiny injection is put into each grid point.
Suitable for the following Skin Worries and Concerns